Welcome to the Convention!

Our 30th Annual Conference

2017 Location: Ramada Inn Conference Center State College, PA
1450 S Atherton Street State College, PA 16801 Phone: 814-238- 3001

  • Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Time: Registration 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • 3:15pm – League Updates for NSDA, PHSSL and CFL
  • 4:30pm - PHSSL’s Revamped Radio Broadcasting Program
  • 6:00pm - Dinner and social
  • Cost: $110 includes Saturday’s food and PSDA dues ($20)
  • There is the optional NFDA liability insurance of an extra $20
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • 7:30am Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00am New Coaches Session (all are welcome)
  • 9:00am Keynote: Program Oral Interp from Start to Finish – Joele Denis Biography

Joele Denis began his speech and debate coaching career directly after finishing his competitive years on Western Kentucky University’s National Champion Forensics Team. Since graduating, Joele has coached all over the country from California to New York to Florida on both the high school and collegiate levels.  He began coaching at his Alma Mater before moving to New York City, and is now back in his home state of Florida.  He has coached students to the final rounds of all interpretation events at tournaments such as the Yale, St. Joseph’s, Berkeley, and Harvard Invitationals -- just to name a few. Most recently, a student of Joele’s became the runner-up in Programmed Oral Interp at the NSDA National Tournament.  He is currently the Curriculum Director of Interp for Summit Debate and a Coach at Cypress Bay High School - one of this year’s Schools of Outstanding Distinction at the NSDA.

  • 10:30am More Interpretation with Joele Denis A Question and Answer Session will follow
  • Noon: Working lunch
  • 1:00pm Big Questions Debate – John Templeton Grant through NSDA
  • 1:30pm NSDA Coaching Certification
  • 2:00pm New Coaches Session: David Long, Southern Lehigh Panel Discussion on League Updates and new league categories
  • 3:00 pm - Conference Concludes

Check the PSDA website for updates.
Questions? Contact President - John Buettler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice-President – Rita Yunker, Bishop Canevin HS
Treasurer - David Long This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mail checks to: PSDA -David Long 619 Maple Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Executive Secretary – Mary Ann Berty This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Act 48 – Attendance at workshop sessions provide Act 48 credits. See Debbie Orendorf at the conference for further information.

Click here for the registration form.